Estates under $22,000

Estates under $22,000

Estates under $22,000  (2014 value, check table below for prior years) -   all of the real and personal property owned by the decedent has a total value equal to or less than the sum of the following: (1) the funeral expenses; plus (2) $22,000.  Upon presentation of a petition and payment of the filing fee, the probate court may order that the funeral expenses be paid, if they have not been paid, or that the person who paid them be reimbursed.  The balance of the property will be assigned to the surviving spouse, or if none, to the decedent's heirs under Michigan's law of intestate succession.  No court hearing is held.

Instructions for Filing a Petition and Order for Assignment of an Estate Under $22,000 (2014 value, check table below for prior years)

A funeral bill marked "Paid" which show the amount paid and who paid it.  If the funeral bill is not paid, you must have a copy of the bill showing the amount due.

A copy of the death certificate showing the residence at the time of death is Livingston County.      

A completed petition (PDF IconPC 556)  typed or printed legibly in blue ink.  

The completed petition (PDF IconPC 556) must show the value of all assets as of the date of death.  Examples of sources for information include newspaper showing stock values, quote from auto dealer showing value of the auto, truck etc.

List all information about the assets that is available.  For bank accounts, show the name of the bank, the account number(s), and the balance at the time of death.  For stocks and bonds, show the name of the corporation, number of shares, price per share, and total value.

Please Note:  If the only asset to probate is a motor vehicle (i.e.: automobile, truck, motorcycle, boat, mobile home, etc.) the Secretary of State office may be able to transfer the asset directly to the entitle heirs without the need of an Order of the court. 

The Total* value of the assets on the original and any amended petitions, after payment of funeral and burial expenses, may not exceed:

Estate Valueif decedent passed away between
$15,00012/31/2000 and prior
$16,0001/1/2001 - 12/31/2001
$17,0001/1/2002 - 12/31/2004
$18,0001/1/2005 - 12/31/2006
$19,0001/1/2007 - 12/31/2008
$20,0001/1/2009 - 12/31/2011
$21,0001/1/2012 - 12/31/2013
$22,0001/1/2014 - present
 *Note:  as adjusted for cost of living per - PDF IconDepartment of Treasury publication

The filing fee is $25 plus and $13 fee for the certified copy of the Order plus a gross Estate Fee Based upon the value of the inventory before funeral expenses which the court clerk can advise you of this amount at the time of filing.

PDF IconNotice re Inventory Fees as of 3-28-2013